You've seen the headlines. Children hurt, trapped, disemboweled, and even killed by pool drains.

 In December 2008, the Virginia Graeme Baker Act took effect. It's named after a 7-year old girl killed by a pool drain. The act requires anti-entrapment, domed shaped drain covers instead of the old flat ones - which can be dangerous.

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The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

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